BucklandsIn 1973, a strapping young Military welder met a “cute little sailor” who was a secretary in the Security Department at the Whidbey Island Naval base. Danny and Nellie Buckland got married in the chapel on the base, and the rest is history. The couple recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

Upon retiring both Danny and Nellie agreed that they would prefer to serve the Lord over spending their time doing as they pleased. The couple agreed that they would both enjoy helping Camping ministries. “We prayed, Lord use our skills and gifts.” said Nellie. The couple soon got connected with Pend Oreille Bible Camp north of Spokane. For four years the couple spent their springs helping Pend Oreille get up and running for summer use.

During that time, the Buckland’s learned about an organization called Hard Hats for Christ. This organization helps to match skilled workers with organizations that need help, and in no time Danny and Nellie joined. They found out about Warm Beach Camp through the Hard Hats organization and began volunteering here just a few weeks ago.

Danny is working on a top secret welding project for The Lights of Christmas. Nellie is working in the paint shop on various projects for both The Lights of Christmas and Special Friends Day Camp.

While the couple has only been at Warm Beach for a short time, they say that they are enjoying their time here. Nellie said, “I am making the name badges for Special Friends Day Camp and as I am making them I am praying for each of the campers.” “As a volunteer, you come in expecting a mess to clean up,” Danny said, “but here you come in and you find this great Volunteer Center, the nice shop, and you think to yourself, this place is awesome! You guys really take care of people here.”

If you are interested in volunteering at Warm Beach Camp please contact Jessica Wilson by email or phone: (360) 312-3417.

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JudyLang2Judy Lang pulled into Warm Beach Camp (WBC) last December to be a volunteer at The Lights of Christmas, but her journey to becoming a Camp volunteer started many years ago when she first attended Warm Beach Camp as a Seattle Pacific University (SPU) student.

After graduating from SPU, Judy went on to work with refugees, migrants and international college students, teaching English as a Second Language for academic purposes.

In 2006, Judy pursued a Masters of Divinity degree at Regent College, a graduate school of theology in Vancouver B.C. Each year, Regent holds a retreat at WBC for students and faculty. While attending Regent, Judy again attended a retreat at Warm Beach Camp, this time with Regent.

With retirement approaching, Judy contemplated what the coming years would bring.

While at a state park on Labor Day, 2015, Judy bumped into an RV’er who told her about volunteering at Warm Beach Camp. It made sense to Judy that a camp would have opportunities in the summer, but, she said, “I wondered, who does anything at a camp in the dead of winter?” As it turns out, Warm Beach Camp does, and it’s called The Lights of Christmas!

The first week of December, Judy sent an e-mail to WBC inquiring about volunteer opportunities, and a few short days later, she was pulling her RV on grounds to volunteer. She had a great time and never worked the same job twice at The Lights of Christmas. She enjoyed being on the Security team the most as she "got the scope of everything that was going on.”

Judy has decided to stay on as a long-term volunteer. She says she enjoys “doing something that has value and is part of a Christ-centered community.” We are excited to have Judy Lang as part of the Warm Beach Camp family.

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Our gift to you!

PIMDinnerSistersWe invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our donors and volunteers, for the important role you play in keeping this ministry strong and growing. Please give us the opportunity to say thank you, to share what we’ve done with your investments of time and money, and to take a look at where God is leading us.

Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 7, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, and special music by the Griffin Family Band. We will also share testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

You will be receiving an invitation card in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.

The Partners in Ministry, the people who stand with us as volunteers and donors, are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important for you to know that! Come as we celebrate together the victories God has brought about through the Camp.

I really hope to see you there!

Please note: reservations are required. Please make your reservations by April 30.You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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TaxLawChange2This past December, the President of the United States signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. Among the twenty-two permanent tax breaks included in this landmark legislation was language that made IRA Charitable Rollovers retroactive for the 2015 tax year and permanent for 2016 and beyond.

An IRA Charitable rollover enables individuals, age 70½, who face mandatory required minimum distributions, to contribute up to $100,000 per year from a traditional IRA (or a Roth IRA in certain situations) directly to charity. This qualified charitable distribution provides a dual benefit to donors in that they count toward the required minimum distribution, but are not counted as taxable income when made to a qualifying charity like Warm Beach Camp.

The benefit of making an IRA charitable rollover instead of paying income tax on an IRA mandatory withdrawal generally makes this gift worth considering. As always, be sure to check with your personal tax advisor or financial planner to look at your specific situation.

If you have questions about how to make charitable IRA rollover gifts, simple bequests or organizing your estate documents, our WBC Foundation Director, Scott Rossiter, is ready to assist you. Please call (425) 299-8661 to set up an appointment, or send an e-mail to him.

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NativityandFamily web858There is lots of activity going on around the grounds at Warm Beach Camp as we get everything ready for The Lights of Christmas that opens on December 3 for the 2015 season. It takes lots of people to get everything put together for The Lights. Why do we make all this effort for an event that lasts just 19 nights?

It is because this event touches a lot of people. This lavish celebration of the amazing love that God gave us through the gift of the Christ Child brings the real meaning of Christmas into central focus.

I hope you will be able to come to The Lights this year! There are some new features I think you will enjoy seeing, like the new 18-foot-long Barkentine ship lighted with thousands of lights, a brand new play in Dinner Theatre by author, Victoria Ritchey entitled, “The Christmas Changeup,” and lots more! There is something that will cheer the heart and brighten the spirit of everyone who comes.

I encourage you to share The Lights with your family and friends as an opportunity to share the message of Christmas with those who have not yet received God’s gift in their life. You will find moments when it is just natural to share your faith. Many people tell us there is a special feeling when they are at The Lights. Share this feeling with those you love. Share the ministry of The Lights of Christmas this year.

After all, this just might be the best gift of all that you give this Christmas season.

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Scott Rossiter Pix AOver the past five years, the Warm Beach Foundation has helped more than 300 families create power of attorney and medical directive documents, wills, trusts and other estate plans, and gain peace of mind.

Warm Beach Camp is pleased to announce the Foundation has a new Director, Scott Rossiter. Scott has a long history with the Camp, starting in 1989 as a summer staff worker while in college. In 2005, he joined the Camp staff, working full-time in Guest Services. Four years later, he took over the reins of the Food Service Department. Now, he is taking the lead on the Camp’s Foundation.

The Warm Beach Foundation offers full service assistance in putting your planned giving in order. You can make sure your wishes will be honored, make legal arrangements for the care of your minor children, provide for your heirs, lessen the impact of taxes on your estate, and leave a legacy with gifts for ministries you believe in.

The Foundation’s services are free of charge, with only the cost of legal fees for the documents required to be prepared by an attorney. And, there is never any obligation. Give Scott a call or an email to learn more about the options available to you, and to get your questions answered. Contact him by email or call 360-652-7575, ext. 2448.

Everyone can leave a legacy by planning for it. What can your legacy be? Let’s find out together.

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...at Warm Beach Camp!

LOC VOL 2013 AIt takes between 120 and 160 volunteers each night to put on The Lights of Christmas, about 2,750 spots to fill in total! Last year The Lights of Christmas volunteers contributed over 10,000 hours of volunteer service.

With The Lights of Christmas fast approaching, we are looking for volunteers, especially in Parking and as Fireside Greeters, among a long list of other jobs. Often, there is a challenge filling spots the week before Christmas and the four nights after Christmas. We could really use you during December 17-23 and 26-29.

The volunteers provide the smiles and warm hospitality that the event is best known for. Plus, the volunteers get to be a part of an amazing event. What better way to experience The Lights than being on the team that puts it on!

We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 26 to 29, to help put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights closes, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Take-Down, getting lots of stuff taken down and put away. That will happen December 30 and 31.

Whew! Are you out of breath yet?

As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of Christmas with the thousands of people attending The Lights. We have a volunteer task that will work for you!

If you are interested in helping before, during, or after the event, you can get more information or sign-up at our volunteer website. Or, give Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (360) 312-3417. She can answer any questions you may have. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!

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The Lights of Christmas opens this year on December 3rd, but the crew that hangs all those lights is already hard at work. It takes about three months to get the Christmas lights in place! An event like this doesn’t just happen by itself. It takes lots of planning and a lot of help to make it all come together!

During October and November, all the effort is in the preparations. Decorations will be cleaned up and painted. Light displays will get put together. The volunteers needed to staff the event are being recruited. If you are interested in helping make The Lights of Christmas happen, there are lots of ways you can pitch in.

Volunteers are needed to help with several projects for The Lights. These include testing the strings of Christmas lights, painting decorations, and more.

TWW Vol 2015The final big push to get ready for The Lights happens during Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 26 to 29. Join a crew of volunteers for an extreme makeover weekend as we transform the grounds into a Christmas wonderland.

During The Lights of Christmas, there is no lack of things to do on the 19 nights we are open. More than 100 volunteers per night power the event. As you can imagine, there are a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train attendant, and much more. Volunteering during The Lights gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes to see how this event happens.

The final critical need for help happens after the event when it is time to take things down and put them away. Take Down happens on December 30 and 31. If enough people get involved in this process, everything gets done over a couple of days. If there are not enough volunteers for Take Down, it takes much longer to get the decorations put away.

Are you interested in helping with any part of The Lights this year? To register or for more information about the above mentioned events, you can visit our volunteer website, or call Jessica Wilson at either 360-312-3417 or 360-652-7575 ext. 2276.

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Silent Auction 2015After a summer of warm, dry weather in Western Washington, it didn’t seem fair that a sudden change brought rain and gusty winds to Warm Beach Camp on August 29, the day of the Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. Despite the weather, a crowd of people showed up for the event, and at the end of the day, the auction raised $111,900 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund, the most ever raised from the auction!

This will make it possible for a lot of kids to go to camp who would not have been able to without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!

By the end of this year, more than $177,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1,625 campers to WBC. We are committed to turning no child away from camp if the reason they can’t attend is financial. But, it requires funds for scholarships to make this possible. Each year, many people help provide the financial resources so this can happen.

We are very grateful to each of our auction donors who gave items to be placed in the auctions. We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event and bought all those items.

More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who will get to go to camp. Mark your calendar now for the seventeenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

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GordonsSizedIf you had told the Gordon family a year ago they would be living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp, they probably would have laughed at you. The Gordons were living in a comfortable home not far from the Camp.

Several years ago, Jamie and Steve started talking about the possibility of taking up R.V. living in Steve’s retirement years. The family, including their daughter Amber, has done lots of camping and always enjoyed it. They felt the desire to simplify their lives and to contribute to something bigger than themselves. They never imagined the opportunity would come so soon.

During The Lights of Christmas 2014, Steve was serving alongside another volunteer who was doing the very thing Steve and Jamie had dreamed of — R.V. living and volunteering, and they were doing it at Warm Beach Camp.

In the spring, feeling the Lord’s prompting, Jaime began making some investigative calls to see if Warm Beach would be a good fit for their family, too. By September, their house was on the market and they had begun living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp.

The Gordons are just getting their start at the Camp but plan on staying for a while. Steve and Jamie both help with grounds keeping and say they feel blessed to be able to serve. They appreciate the physical activity that comes with keeping up a large facility and Amber loves the horses and the wide variety of things to do at Camp. Warm Beach Camp is thrilled to have the Gordons as a part of our volunteer family.

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